Fizzing Sidewalk Paint

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Originally published in Early spring, 2011, this is by far one of our kids most favorite play recipes. Sidewalk chalk is fun, painting is fun, making things fizz is also fun! Let’s do all three! This is a really simple recipe to create sidewalk chalk “paint” out of food coloring, baking soda and cornstarch.  We […]




Painting with melted crayons: My Preschooler’s Self-Portrait

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Our kids love to draw and have literally hundreds and hundreds of crayons over here, many of them mere shards.  We’ve melted the crayons to create “new” crayons, but today I had a new “plan” for our leftovers.  Several months ago I saw a post by Suzy’s Sitcom where she melted crayons and then painted […]




Thanksgiving Crafts: Turkey Handprint Apron

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These adorable Turkey Handprint Aprons make wonderful gifts for your Thanksgiving guests & are a fun craft to do as you wait for the big day to arrive. I purchased plain white aprons in the restauraunt supply section of my local Sam’s Club.  If you don’t have a membership to a warehouse store, check online for Restauraunt Supply […]




Playtime Clay Craft

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Today’s featured activity from It’s Playtime is so simple! I love how Liberty, and her girls over at Our Creative Day, used air drying clay and nature items found around their home to create stunning ornaments. . . Many thanks to my co-hosts, for making this weekly link-up a lot of fun! If you are […]




Color Experiments – An It’s Playtime Round Up

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Kids love to color, love mixing the colors, love exploring with color – the brighter the better. Here are a few of my favorite color experiments that were linked up during last week’s It’s Playtime. Many thanks to my co-hosts for making this a great kid’s meme! Be sure to check out their blogs to […]




How To Make Mickey Head Tie Dye Shirts

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Planning a trip to a Disney Park?  Make a set of these Mickey Head Tie Dye shirts for your whole group & stand out from the crowd!   This fun project will make for some wonderful photos at the parks as well. A few tips before you begin: *Choose tshirts that are 100% cotton.  Synthetic blend […]




Activities for 2 Year Olds

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Two year olds are so curious. Their brains just love to soak in the world around them. I try to have as wide of a variety of things for my kids to enjoy. My favorite activities for 2 year olds can be grouped as: Exploring, Fine Motor Skill Development and Messy.  Looking for other age […]




Kids Meme: It’s Playtime

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Every week on Wednesday afternoons we host a kids meme called “It’s Play Time”.  Hundreds of fun ideas of ways you can play with and enjoy your kids are featured each week from bloggers around the world.  Below are some of my favorite posts that were recently linked up. . Make time to play. At […]




Exploring Chemical Reactions: Vinegar “Dropping”

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Sometimes, you just need 10 minutes to catch your breath, answer a phone call, send an email, or get dinner started.  It never fails…when you need to do something without little ones under foot, that’s when they need you the most!   This quick, easy, & interesting activity will keep kids of all ages occupied for […]




Pillowcase Skirts – a Slumber Party Activity

We love to wear dresses, the more color they have and the more they “flounce” the better they are. A few weeks ago Elmer’s sponsored a craft camp – my kids had a blast making some giant fabric wall letters, and we had so many leftover supplies we dug the box out again the next […]




Ten Ways to Play with Paint

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My preschool aged children love to paint and we are always looking for new ways to enjoy crafting with our kids.  Thanks to everyone who linked up these ideas in previous It’s Playtime round-ups. Play with Paint Use Cars and Wheels to Paint. Jesse of Play, Create, Explore had fun with her son.  They dipped […]




Preschoolers Painting Masterpieces with Painters Tape

Painters Tape Works of Art

Do you remember our post with painters tape and stripes?  We went through a painting kick for several weeks… my hubby had a large strip (about a foot wide and 8 feet long) of painted plywood 1/4th an inch thick.  He saw trash, I saw fun!  We chopped it into 5 different pieces and the […]




Pendulum Painting: Fun Ideas with Cardboard Boxes

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Cardboard Boxes – There are so many fun things that my preschoolers and I can do with them!  They among my kids favorite “toys”.  Rachele from Tinkerlab, in honor of her 1-year blogging birthday, is having a round-up of activities you can do with cardboard boxes.  Fun!  We had fun “throwing paint” onto our box […]




10 Ways to Make Flowers with Preschoolers

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Flowers, nothing says spring, more than a bunch of flowers! Here are ten different ways you can make flowers with your preschoolers this week – or maybe you can convince Grandma to make them with your kids – as your mother’s day gift!  Don’t want to make your own flowers?  Check out our sponsor for […]




Rainbow Cookies – Fun Painting our Food

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Eating cookies is yummy and painting is fun – last week we combined two of our favorite things with two of our favorite people!   I like simple easy recipes!  We adapted this recipe from the back of a Duncan Hines Cake box (one we found when making our rainbow cupcakes a few weeks ago).   These […]